So How Did They Catch Those U.K. Airplane Bomb Plotters, Anyway?
There's a lot of the story still developing, of course, but it looks like there was some -- gasp! -- telephone serveillance going on:
A senior Pakistani security official said the arrest of Rashid Rauf, a British citizen, was followed within days by a telephone call from someone in Pakistan urging the British plotters to execute their plan.(HT: Called As Seen.)
"This telephone call intercept in Karachi and the arrest of Rashid Rauf helped a lot to foil the terror plan," said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Then there's this:
Last night US officials told reporters that substantial sums of money had been wired from Pakistan to two of the alleged ringleaders in Britain, so that they could purchase airline tickets.Oh, dear, it looks like financial transactions were being monitored through that awful SWIFT system. Doesn't this make you want to get together with someone you love and pray for the future of civil liberties in this country?